Streaking, Ice Baths, Elephants & More — 8 Holiday Celebrations That Go Global

Santa and a Hindu holy man bro out in Allahabad, India. Photo Credit: Rajesh Singh / AP.

It may be pine trees, stockings, eggnog and carols where I’m at in the ‘States, but here’s a look at some seasonal partying elsewhere in the world. Ice swimming, road races, and…it turns out…even KFC. Serbia, Thailand, Japan and the West Bank represent.

Whatever you celebrate, however you celebrate and wherever you are. Much love and respect to you and yours this holiday season.

The Barcelona Traditional Christmas Swimming Cup attracts competitors from all over the globe, including the North Pole. Photo Credit: David Ramos / Getty Images.

These elementary students are given a Christmas Eve show in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Photo Credit: Longstreath / AP.

Children play on the heels of a Christian Orthodox priest inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank. Photo Credit: Marco Longari / AFP.

The 'Seehunde Berlin' ice swimming group goes for a Christmas Day plunge in the freezing waters of Berlin's Oranke Lake. Photo Credit to Schreiber/AP.

Party hats all around for these Santa Helpers in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo Credit: Kham / Reuters.

A traditional Christmas Race in Belgrade, Serbia. Photo Credit: Andrej Isakovic / AFP / Getty Images.

In Japan, KFC is a traditional Christmas dinner that is so widely-practiced, families have to make reservations to eat at a KFC on Christmas Day.

14 Responses to Streaking, Ice Baths, Elephants & More — 8 Holiday Celebrations That Go Global

  1. Brusca December 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Chase try not to promote these photos of elephants on show n Thailand. Here is a link to show you how they “break the spirit” of an elephant so they can train it to perform tricks like this As a photographer I have dedicated my photography to helping Asian elephants. You inspired me to drop everything and follow my passion. My passion and photography has helped Save Bona the Elephant and I hope you can understand that these type of photos you show here only help promote the cruel acts that take place to make these shows happen. Sorry for the rant but you just need to know.

    • Chase Jarvis December 25, 2012 at 9:00 am #

      Wow. Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention. The purpose of the post was to highlight celebrations from around the world, not to promote anything else – especially cruelty. Sorry for my lack of knowledge. Hope you can find some celebration in the other images. – chase

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    so fun, Chase and the crew, thanks for sharing, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays :)

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